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Out

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Baker & Taylor
After strangling her husband, Masako Katori, a middle-aged wife and mother working the night shift at a Tokyo factory, enlists the aid of four co-workers to conceal the crime.

Blackwell North Amer
Natsuo Kirino's novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co-workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.
The ringleader of this cover-up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of the shrewdest, most clear-eyed creations in recent fiction. Masako's own search for a way Out of the straitjacket of a dead-end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.
The complex yet riveting narrative seamlessly combines a convincing glimpse into the grimy world of Japan's yakuza with a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of a violent crime and the ensuing game of cat-and-mouse between seasoned detectives and a group of determined but inexperienced criminals. Kirino has mastered a Thelma and Louise kind of graveyard humor than illuminators her stunning evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendship that bolsters them in the aftermath.

Oxford University Press
OUT was awarded the Grand Prix of the Mystery Writers of Japan in 1997-the Asian equivalent of an Edgar.
It is a dynamic example of the work of a new breed of Asian women writers excelling in the smart, hard-nosed, well-written, and realistically plotted mystery novel. Kirino' crime story can stand comparison with the work of other top-notch Western women writers in this genre, like Sarah Paretsky and Ruth Rendell.
The story-though a bare summary makes it seem merely brutal and bloodthirsty, when it is much more than that-focuses on four women who work together in a lunch-box factory in the suburbs of Tokyo. One of them suffers from spouse abuse and, unable to take it any longer, murders her husband and appeals to her co-workers to help her dispose of the corpse. One of these friends---the brain behind the coverup-after cutting up the body in the bathroom of her house, has the other two dump it as garbage. The money from the man's life insurance is then divided among them. But this is only the beginning. The successful, unpremeditated crime and the rewards it brings are the seed of other, premeditated schemes, escalating from one localized use of violence to a rash of similar deeds, with unpredictable outcomes for the women behind them.
As a study in the psychology of domestic repression and the dynamics of violent crime,OUT works on several levels, gripping the reader from its smoldering beginning to the fireburst of its finale.
In hardcover in its original language it sold over 300,000 copies, and a movie version will have its premiere in Tokyo at the end of 2002, with international distribution under discussion.

Publisher: Tokyo : New York : Kodansha International, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9784770029058
4770029055
Branch Call Number: Mystery Kir
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen 1957-

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mmontserrat
Aug 15, 2017

Definitely *NOT for the faint of heart, Kirino's novel Out is a crime thriller told from a uniquely Japanese viewpoint and style. Housewives are here, yakuza and the underbelly of society also present. The story hinges on murder and the perennial problem of what to do with the body so you won't get caught.
I appreciated how Kirino's storytelling used realistic detail in cultural manners and particularly how each of the women navigate the restrictions of their status as women. The twists in the story keep you on edge, body horror abounds in brutal detail, but always in service to the plot.

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gobula
Mar 23, 2017

I highly suggest you stay IN and read this book!

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Candaceb108
Mar 30, 2016

I really wanted to like this book, but after almost 200 pages, I just couldn't continue. The author allows the female characters to express the suppressed rage of (Japanese) society. That was valuable. The book wasn't thrilling to me, but plodding. I am wondering if I felt dissonance because the translator is male. It is a feminist book, why a male translator? I am reading her other book, The Goddess Chronicles which is translated by a woman to see if that makes a difference to me.

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rika_hubby
Jul 07, 2015

This book, without a doubt, is a masterpiece. The plot is twisted and unpredicted. The author Natsuo Kirino, is a mastermind behind all those twists.

SLS71 Jul 11, 2013

Just when the book would start to drag, there was a twist or turn I didn't see coming. It was a very dark book, and I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but overall very good.

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ShariqB
Mar 16, 2013

Out, written by Natsuo Kirino, is a thrilling adventure following four women. When a mother working at a factory creating boxed lunches murders her husband she realizes the repercussions of her actions are severe. She seeks the help of her fellow co workers in an attempt to save herself from getting caught. I chose this book at my school when we were doing a novel study and I’m glad I did. The book touches on the subject of the role women have in society in Japan and how they are breaking out of the shell. This book is written very well. The author paints a picture in the readers mind with the various settings and actions that the characters do. The suspense to know that these women can be caught at any time and the thought process behind their actions is very interesting to read about. Many characters that seem to have different personalities all connect in some way. This book doesn’t give a clear cut reason for everything that happens and this is a good thing. It gives the reader a chance to create assumptions and possibilities and this shows the flexibility of the book. The differences between the four women are loud and clear and the reader gets to create a personal attachment to each one. The book touches on the subject of the role women have in society in Japan and how they are breaking out of the shell. The end is very shocking and satisfying. Overall, this was a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

stasia03 Jul 21, 2011

Loved this.

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